Spring sports hit the halfway mark of the regular-season this week. The ceebration? Try the Lancaster Golden Gales softball classic this Friday
and Saturday, which will feature some of the finer programs in the area.
A pair of central Ohio schools are receiving national getting recognition in boys lacrosse.
Worthington Kilbourne stayed at No. 16 and Upper Arlington moved up two spots to No 18 in the latest Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse power rankings. The two programs are ranked first and second, respectively, in the Midwest region.
In baseball and softball, a number of central Ohio schools remained undefeated on the season. Among the unblemished schools in baseball are Dublin Jerome (9-0), Gahanna (9-0) and Logan Elm (6-0). Among the undefeated softball teams are Pickerington North (10-0), Teays Valley (9-0), Mount Gilead (8-0), Grove City (8-0), Gahanna (8-0) and Madison-Plains (7-0).
Spring sports hit the halfway mark for the regular-season this week, highlighted by the Lancaster Golden Gales softball classic this Friday and Saturday, which will feature some of the finer programs in the area.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alissa Birkhimer, Hebron Lakewood: Birkhimer improved to 6-0 for Lakewood, the defending Division III state champions, by pitching a two-hitter against Circleville that included 13 strikeouts over the weekend.
Earlier in the week, Birkhimer allowed five hits and struckout 10 batters in a 5-0 Mid-State League Ohio Division win over Licking Valley.
Lakewood stands at 7-1 on the season.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Mount Vernon, boys volleyball: The Yellow Jackets rolled to a 4-1 start to the season with a 25-10, 25-9 and 25-11 win over visiting Dublin Jerome.
Mount Vernon recorded 12 aces in the win, including five from Chris Ingersol, who also contributed 18 assists and two kills.
“It was mostly luck. I do the same thing every night. Sometimes it’s an ace, sometimes it’s played out,” Ingersol told the Mount Vernon News.
Mount Vernon got out to a 9-3 lead in the second game and had to comeback from a small 7-6 deficit in the third game to sweep the match between Ohio Capital Conference schools.
Carter Cassell added 13 kills, 11 assists and Andre Nixon and Ben Bennett added four kills each.
NEWS, NOTES AND NUGGETS
Spiller steps aside: Dave Spiller, a former Ohio State men’s basketball assistant coach for five years under Jim O’Brien, and the Berne Union School District, decided to part ways after one season together. Berne Union principal Bob Starr told the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette that the Spiller’s 102-mile commute from his Hilliard home wasn’t the best situation for a boys basketball program that has struggled in recent seasons. Berne Union, which went 2-19 last season, is expected to go after a local presence for the program.
Tigers, Bulldogs on the attack: The Circleville Tigers and Heath Lady Bulldogs each rolled to a title at the Granville Invitational over the week. Circleville, which garnered 107 points, was strong in distance events, winning the 4x8m relay (Brad Kline, Brad Liston, Matt Wingett and Ben Ankrom), 800m run (Kline),1600m run (Ankrom) and 3200m run (Liston).
Heath was led by its 4x1m relay (Jen Koski, Shaunisha Winter, Paige Ciminello and Sam Jones) and a strong 1-2 finish in the shot put (Paige Kelley, first and Lizzie Clippinger, second). Kelley also won the discus.
Tough Nut: The Big Walnut boys track team had no problem at the Red Edwards Golden Eagles Relays, cruising to the title with 98 points – 33 better than second place Olentangy Liberty.
The Golden Eagles prevailed in the in the shot put with Travis Potts, Kalven Bear and Nick Brown combining for a distance of 1:123-1. Jordan Whitner, Tyler Fifer and Eugene Cannaday combined to take the top spot in the high and long jumps. Luke Atkenson, Ethan Moseley, Cody Leitner and Bret Myers won the shuttle hurdles, and Caleb Garcia, Jason Whitner, Myers and Cannaday took top-billing in the 800m relay.
Cardinals take flight: Triad softball is off to a solid 7-2 start on the season with its last victory coming 2-0 over Mentor in the Akron Racers tournament. Morgan Ryan tossed a two-hitter against Mentor, fanning 11 batters against just one walk. A day earlier against Greeneview, Ciara Howell threw a no-hitter for Triad, issuing one walk and striking out 13 batters.
Pleasant sweep: Marion Pleasant baseball improved to 7-2 overall with a doubleheader sweep of Lexington 4-2 and 6-0.
Brett Furer and Corey Kubbs combined for a one-hitter in the second game.
Kubbs also helped Pleasant in the first game, knocking in two runs and collecting two doubles.
Indians still undefeated: Mount Gilead ran its record to 8-0, sweeping a doubleheader over Johnstown Northridge and Millersport.
Baylee Smith earned a 2-1 win over Northridge and also had three hits. In a 4-1 victory over Millersport, Jessica Robertson threw six-hitter and added a home run and RBI triple.
Huddle up: Coaches are encouraged to submit player and team of the week nominations, along with other news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Logan Elm baseball at Canal Winchester, today.
Miami Trace baseball, softball at Washington Court House, today.
Triad softball at West Jefferson, Thursday
Dublin Coffman Invitational, track and field, Saturday
Harvest Prep Invitational, track and field, Saturday
Licking Heights Hornets Invitational, track and field, Saturday.
Newark Catholic at Mount Vernon baseball doubleheader, Saturday.
Ohio North-South All-Star basketball games, Capital University, Sunday.
Noon – Girls basketball Division III and IV
1:45 p.m. – Girls basketball Division I and II
3:45 p.m. – Boys basketball Division III and IV
5:30 p.m. – Boys basketball Division I and II